Thursday, February 27, 2014

Before I Read The Vanishing Season

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Release: July 1, 2014 from HarperTeen
Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.
This book's summary leaves much to the imagination, stating what the story is about but withholding just enough detail to tempt potential readers. The cover is even more enigmatic, and I love the beautiful blue-green image for all the secrets it holds. What is the significance of that reflected tree planted prominently in the center? And why do butterflies and snowflakes—a bit of an odd combination—surround it? This cover will not only draw readers in; it will also make them turn back to look at the intricate artwork repeatedly as the image's mysteries unspool. I cannot wait to discover everything this cover is hiding.


  1. I do agree it's such a beautiful cover. I'm really looking forward to read The Vanishing Season. Synopsis sounds amazing.

  2. I'm loving this cover! The colors are a perfect mix and like you said, it still keeps you questioning about the book, drawing you in. What a great pick!

  3. This is such a great feature! I have a cover feature too, but ours differ quite a bit - yours guessing what clues the story gives, mine finding out exactly what's behind the cover, what went into it and why.

    This cover is gorgeous! I love the tree with the artwork around it. The real and the unreal. Very intriguing!

    By the way, I replied to your comment on my review of Far From You, and I thought you might want to read it, as I clarify a few things I say in my review. You can see it here.

  4. I think this cover is gorgeous and I cannot wait to read this book! Tiger Lily was one of my favorites, and I just wish this book was releasing earlier than July!

  5. Not naming the narrator in the synopsis? Brilliant. It causing so much intrigue right now, and its not coming out until July!

  6. The cover looks nice and enigmatic. It looks like it's hinting to a mystery, but not too much.

    This book sounds interesting and is making me curious about the story, because the first person narrator seems to be a bit part of the mystery that he/she (it? Is it even human?) doesn't really know about.


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